Doctors In Jhansi Got Suspended For Using Patient's Severed Leg As Headrest

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Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma said the state government will take action once the full information about the incident is available.

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Monday issued notices to the Uttar Pradesh Government and the Centre over the Jhansi medical negligence episode, wherein severed leg of a youth was used as a pillow at Maharani Laxmi Bai Medical College. "The amputated leg, once detached from the body, could also be a reason for any kind of infection to the patient and others who were present in the hospital ward", it added.

Ghanshyam's mother and brother-in-law brought him to hospital after the bus he was in overturned while the driver tried trying to avoid hitting a tractor on Saturday. After the uproar over the incident, two doctors and two nurses were placed under suspension while departmental action was ordered against another doctor.

His relatives told the local NDTV news network that hospital staff ignored their requests that Ghanshyam, who goes by one name, be given a pillow.

According to the medical college authorities, the CCTV footage would be reviewed to find out who was responsible for placing the severed leg as a pillow.

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"When we reached the hospital, we saw his foot being used as a headrest", Janaki Prasad said. "I repeatedly asked the doctors to intervene but they refused".

Uttar Pradesh, which is home to 200 million people, is one of India's poorest states, and long waits are common for even minor treatments.

Four members of staff at an Indian hospital were suspended after images emerged showing a patient being propped up by his own amputated leg.

Medical negligence is not uncommon in government run hospitals as these do not have proper equipment or face staffing and hygiene issues.